TO: The DMR Community
FROM: Gerry Morrissey
DATE: October 25, 2004
RE: Update 141

Please be advised that the Executive Office of Health and Human Services has scheduled budget hearings for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2005. This is an opportunity for the Secretary, Commissioners and staff members of EOHHS to hear public testimony about the proposed FY 2006 state budget before it is compiled for submission to the Fiscal Affairs Division. This is the first step in the annual budget process.

The first hearing will be held on Tuesday, October 26, at Springfield Technical Community College in the Building 2 Auditorium from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. The second one will be held on Thursday, October 28, at the State House in Gardner Auditorium from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. The third and final one will be held on November 12th at Worcester State College in the Blue Lounge.

Each agency head will be attending these budget hearings and listening to the citizens of the Commonwealth share their views on budget priorities for the upcoming fiscal year. This is similar to what EOHHS has done for the past two years. Your presence at these hearings will be important in relating what the provisions of the budget mean to you and your loved ones.

The dates and times of the Public Hearings on recommendations for the FY 06 appropriations act are listed below.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004 Springfield Technical Community College
Building 2, Auditorium
One Armory Square
Springfield, MA
10:00am - 2:00pm

Thursday, October 28, 2004 Gardner Auditorium, State House
Boston, MA
9:00am - 1:00pm

Friday, November 12, 2004 Worcester State College
486 Chandler Street
Student Center, Blud Lounge
Worcester, MA
9:00am - 1:00pm

Each hearing will cover the following:
Disability Issues
Elderly Issues
Veterans' Services
Children, Youth and Family Issues
Health Issues

These forums allow citizens of the Commonwealth to share their views on budget priorities for the upcoming fiscal year.

Please contact Stephen Cidlevich or Ed Kiely should you need additional information, 617-573-1600.

If you cannot attend, testimony may be mailed to:
Secretary Ronald Preston, EOHHS
One Ashburton Place, Room 1109, Boston, MA 02108
Or email testimony to:

This information is provided by the Department of Developmental Services.